Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 17, 2014

How's Fishing?
Despite the rain we have gotten, the water at Bennett continues to be low and slow.  This is great news for those who like to fish where they can see what they're fishing for or for those who like to fish on top water.  The down side of this is that we so desperately need the rain.   If you are planning to have a campfire, please keep it small and make sure that it's cold before you go to sleep.  And if you are planning on burning leaves, please wait a few days.  Although Friday and Saturday will be sunny and warm, there is a forecast for rain on Sunday.  
We have been seeing nice stringers this week.  Very few anglers going home empty handed, and most have plenty for dinner as well as a few to take home.  Experienced catch-and-release fisherman are talking about catching 30 fish before 10 a.m.  The size of the fish seems to be hanging in there in the range of 1-1/4 plus pounds.  
As far as what to fish with, the tiny stuff seems to be working very well right now.  A red or black midge fished two feet under the surface is a good example.  Cracklebacks in holographic red or green are working well.  We have been selling quite a few brassies - copper or red.  If you like zone 3, it seems like the yellow glitter Power Bait or mini Trout  Magnet minis are both working well. 
Just a note - moss cutting will happen next week on Wednesday and Thursday, and  Kids fishing day is May 3rd. 

Water Conditions

For this week:
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 101 cubic feet per second - slightly down from last week
25th percentile is 144
Median is 237
Mean is 267
75th percentile is 360
Max was 666 in 1941
Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Niangua River
minimum was 133 (1992), today it's 107 - that's right, today is a record low again.
Median is 592
Mean is 849
75th percentile is 1130
Max was 2500  in 2007
The discharge today is 107.  Normal discharge is closer to 600 cfs

What's Working?
Marabou: black & yellow,  white, powder pink, or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig
brown woolie, spinner optional
brassies are the biggest winner: red, copper brown, or candy cane
Brown roach
White Rooster Tail
From the fly case:
zebra midge, red or black
cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble
white or hot pink scud

Zone 3

yellow glitter power bait
Trout Magnet mini's
red or pink plastic worms.

Lunker Club
Bev Phipps from Clinton, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white Rooster Tail

Rusty Gipson from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Terry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds 7 ounces in zone 2 on a black wolf dry fly

Aaron Schaes from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Fishing Times
April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Forecast

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

  • Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

  • Sunday A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

  • Monday A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

  • Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75

  • Calendar of Events

    April 22-23, Moss cutting
    May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
    May 20-21, moss cutting
    June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
    June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
    June 24-25 moss cutting
    July 29-30 moss cutting
    August 19-20 moss cutting
    September 16-17 moss cutting
    October 14-15 moss cutting
    October 31 - last day of regular trout season
    November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
    February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

    Quote of the Week
    Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
    Mark Twain

    Thanks for reading, Lucy

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